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Danny Espinosa Quietly Contributing for the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa dives for a throw from the outfield to keep San Diego Padres’ Justin Upton on first with a single during the sixth inning in a baseball game Friday, May 15, 2015, in San Diego. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Gregory Bull) The Washington Nationals have played all 46 of their games this season without third-baseman Anthony Rendon,...
Via The Sports Journal
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Nationals Bryce Harper leads all NL players in All-Star votes

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has had a scorching start to the season, which has earned him the most 2015 All-Star votes of any National League position player so far this year. An All-Star voting update published Wednesday by MLB.com tallied Harper's total votes at 1,116,582, beating out Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, who had 1,113,060 votes, for the most...
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Max Scherzer and Jon Lester Face Off for First Time in NL

Two American League transplants, Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, will face off for the first time in the National League tonight at Wrigley Field. Scherzer, who joined the Washington Nationals on a seven-year, $210 million deal, and Lester, who joined the Chicago Cubs on a six-year, $155 million deal, have both handled the league change very well so far this season. Scherzer looks...
Via Baseball Essential
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Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper have known each other since Vegas youth baseball

They may be about a year apart in age, but Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper have been quite familiar with each other since their days of playing youth baseball in Las Vegas. With the two facing off for the first time in the big leagues in a three-game set between the Chicago Cubs and Washington...Read More The post Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper have known each other since Vegas youth baseball...
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Bryce Harper Throws Bat Down In Frustration While Hitting Home Run (Video)

Bryce Harper hits so many home runs that he doesn’t even realize when they leave the park anymore. The Washington Nationals outfielder thought he hit a can of corn in the seventh inning against the Cubs in Chicago on Tuesday, so he threw his bat down in frustration before starting his trot to first base. However, with a little help from the wind, the ball managed to make its way...
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Nats Bryce Harper, pissed at pop-up throws bat...and it's a home run

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper...looks a bit like John Rocker. Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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Bryce Harper is displeased with most recent HR

You could forgive Bryce Harper for being a little displeased with his most recent home run, which game off the Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks in the seventh inning of last night’s 3-2 loss for the Washington Nationals. It only landed four rows deep in the Wrigley Field bleachers. Harper got a high fastball on a 3-1 pitch from Hendricks and sent what appeared to be a lazy fly ball...
Via Baseball Essential
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Video: Bryce Harper thinks he flied out, but homers

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper had never homered at Wrigley Field heading into Tuesday's game, which might explain his comical initial reaction to a solo shot he hit to left field. With the Nats trailing, 1-0, in the seventh, Harper hit what he thought was a routine fly ball to left field, tossing his bat to the side as he shook his head in disgust while jogging...
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Nationals starter Doug Fister scheduled to throw Wednesday

Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister is one step closer to returning to the hill for the Nats. According to the Washington Post, Fister will begin a throwing program on Wednesday as he continues to rehab a right flexor strain that sent him to the disabled list on May 15. Given that he'll need time to get his arm back into pitching shape, Fister is expected to miss at least one...
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Jayson Werth rejoins team, still can't swing a bat

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is back with the team, but it will be a bit longer before he's able to take the field again. The Washington Post reports that Werth is still having trouble swinging a bat, and his timetable for return remains unknown. "They're treating him aggressively like they have been," manager Matt Williams said. "He's got fairly good grip strength...
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How Bryce Harper Has Finally Become the Player We All Hoped For

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper scores on an RBI double hit by Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Nationals Park in Washington. Washington won 4-1. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Bryce Harper blew the minds of kids and adults all across the nation when he entered the MLB at...
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Nats Minor League Stat Leaders (5/26/15)

The Washington Nationals have four affiliate clubs in play right now, from AAA to A.  Auburn (Low A) and GCL Nationals will come on after the 2015 MLB Draft in June.   Here are the current records of the Washington Nationals Affiliates: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)  17-27, 6 Games Back Harrisburg Senators (AA) 20-23 5.5 Games Back Potomac Nationals (A) 19-25 6.5 Games Back Hagerstown...
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Bryce Harper: Mike Trout is the best player in baseball

No player in baseball has come out of the gate hotter than Bryce Harper this season. The Washington Nationals outfielder is hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI. He leads the major leagues with 39 runs, 26 extra-base hits, 40 walks and an OPS of 1.198. Could Harper soon overtake Mike Trout as...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Bryce Harper: ‘I still believe (Mike) Trout is the best player in the game’

Bryce Harper is enjoying an absolutely torrid month of May at the plate. So scorching-hot is the Washington Nationals outfielder that a teammate jokingly acted as if he was afraid to touch him, lest they get burned. But to hear it from the 22-year-old who seemingly is taking the next step in a career destined...Read More The post Bryce Harper: ‘I still believe (Mike) Trout is the...
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The Nationals Week That Was: May 18 – 24

RECORD v. YANKEES: 2-0 RECORD v. PHILLIES: 2-1 RECORD FOR THE WEEK: 4-1 HOME RECORD: 4-1 ROAD RECORD: 0-0 RECORD ENDING THE WEEK: 26-18 NLE STANDING ENDING THE WEEK: 1st, 2.5 games ahead of the NY Mets RUNS SCORED: 18 RUNS SCORED PER GAME: 3.6 RUNS YIELDED: 18 RUNS YIELDED PER GAME: 3.6 AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.75 runs AVERAGE MARGIN OF DEFEAT: 7.0 runs MVP OF THE WEEK: Bryce...
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Michael Taylor Proving to be Invaluable to Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Center Fielder Michael Taylor (#3) hitting a walk-off grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.(Matt Kartozian/USA-Today Sports) After a slow start to their season, the Washington Nationals (27-18) are roaring back, recently notching a six-game winning streak. On the strength of Right Fielder Bryce Harper’s relentless on-target hitting...
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Harper would have handled Bryant situation same way Cubs did

  Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper knew Kris Bryant was talented enough to make the Cubs opening Day roster, but Harper also understands why the Cubs did what they did. In fact, not only does Harper understand, but if he was in the Cubs' front office, he says he would have done the same thing. “He’s a great player,” Harper told CSN Chicago. “I think he needed...
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Watch: Michael Taylor makes unbelievable run-saving diving grab

Washington Nationals left fielder Michael Taylor made a spectacular play on Monday that is not only a candidate for Catch of the Week but also proved to save a crucial run for the Nats in their 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. With a runner on first with two outs in the bottom of the second, Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada ripped a ball in the left-center gap that would've bounced to the...
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Watch: Nationals' Bryce Harper and Matt Williams' special handshake

Baseball players have all kinds of unique and sometimes hilarious handshakes with their teammates, but not usually with their manager as Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently did. After Harper, who has been white-hot at the plate this month, hit his 11th home run in 14 games in the Nationals' 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, he and manager Matt Williams...
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Roark, Ramos lead Nationals past Cubs 2-1

CHICAGO (AP) Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth, Tanner Roark pitched five effective innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Monday. Denard Span also homered for Washington, which has won eight of nine. Making his first start of the season in place of the injured Doug Fister, Roark (1-2) allowed rookie Kris Bryant's sixth home run and struck...
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Max Scherzer Dominating in his First Year With the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) The Washington Nationals were a hot pick to win the World Series at the beginning of the 2014 season, in a big part due to their great starting...
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Washington Nationals: Casey Janssen makes his Nats debut

The Washington Nationals welcomed reliever Casey Janssen to the ball club this past weekend. Making his Nationals debut out of the bullpen against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8-1 loss Saturday, Janssen pitched a scoreless 9th inning and looked strong in his one inning of work. Janssen signed with the Nationals this past offseason as a free agent. He played the last 8 seasons...
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Watch: Michael Taylor Makes Amazing Diving Catch

Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor flashed the leather robbing Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada of a base hit. Wada lined a well hit ball to left field, but Taylor, who is playing in left with Jayson Werth on the disabled list with a wrist injury, made a great diving catch for the final out of the second inning. Taylor’s pitcher Tanner Roark was in approval of Taylor’s efforts...
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Week 8 Two Start Pitchers; Tanner Roark

Week 8 Two Start Pitchers  Nationals RHP Doug Fister (forearm) will miss Week 8 of the Fantasy Baseball season, in fact he’s out indefinitely, so for those who drafted Tanner Roark and hung on to him, your patientce has paid off. He’ll get the start Monday in Chicago against the Cubs. If Roark is on the wire, grab him. While you’re at it, go ahead and drop Mat Latos ...
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Washington Nationals: how to help fix Stephen Strasburg

Coming into Saturday’s matinee game with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals had their eyes on a season long, 7 game winning streak. It was ace versus ace on the mound as Cole Hamels went for the Phillies and Stephen Strasburg for the hometown Nationals. Strasburg had been shaky as of late by having a 1-3 record in his last 4 starts and only making it into the...
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